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Dimensions, Weight and Number of Pieces | Baggage Charges | Overweight/Oversize Baggage
Specialty Items | Sports Equipment | Transportation of the Deceased

Important Travel Information

Summer Checked Bag Limitations

From June 5 - August 24, 2010, there are limitations on boxes and baggage when traveling to certain Mexican, Latin American and Caribbean destinations.

Bag Dimensions Travel is easier when you know what to expect and plan ahead. Pack like a pro with information regarding the size, weight and number of bags you can check or carry on, the applicable charges and exceptions, charges for additional checked baggage, waivers for military personnel, guidelines for sports and specialty items and more.

Exceptions to charges for the first and second bag include customers who purchase First or Business Class tickets, AAdvantage Executive Platinum®, AAdvantage Platinum® and AAdvantage Gold® members as well as customers who purchase full-fare tickets in Economy Class. View a complete list of exceptions.

 

Dimensions, Weight and Number of Bags

Itinerary Number of Bags Allowed* Size and Weight Per Bag Allowed*

Flights within the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada

One bag carry-on: No charge

Checked bags. Charges apply.

45 in/114 cm (carry-on)
No larger than 22 in/56 cm long, 14 in/ 35 cm wide, and 9 in/ 23 cm high

62 in/157 cm (checked)*
50 lbs/23 kgs. (checked)*

Travel to/from Brazil

One bag carry-on: No charge

Two bags checked. No charge

45 in/114 cm (carry-on)

62 in/157 cm (checked)
70lbs/32kg (checked)

Travel to/through/from Europe

View European Union rules on Restricted Items related to animal products.

One bag carry-on: No charge

One bag checked: No charge

One personal item: No charge

Charges may apply for additional bags. Exceptions apply

45 in/114 cm (carry-on)

62 in/157 cm (checked)
50 lbs/23 kgs (checked)

Over 50 lbs/23 kgs but less than 70 lbs/32 kgs - is subject to a $50 USD overweight baggage charge (Maximum of three excess bags will be accepted.)

Over 70 lbs/32 kgs - will not be accepted

Travel to/through/from India

View European Union rules on Restricted Items related to animal products.

One bag carry-on: No charge

One bag checked: No charge

Charges may apply for additional bags. Exceptions apply

45 in/114 cm (carry-on)

62 in/157 cm (checked)
50 lbs/23 kgs (checked)

Over 50 lbs/23 kgs but less than 70 lbs/32 kgs - is subject to a $50 USD overweight baggage charge (Maximum of three excess bags will be accepted.)

Over 70 lbs/32 kgs - will not be accepted

Travel to/through/from Asia

One bag carry-on: No charge

Two bags checked: No charge

45 in/114 cm (carry-on)

62 in/157 cm (checked)
50 lbs/23 kgs (checked)

Over 50 lbs/23 kgs but less than 70 lbs/32 kgs - is subject to a $50 USD overweight baggage charge (Maximum of three excess bags will be accepted.)

71 lbs/32 kgs - 100 lbs/45.5 kg is subject to a $450 USD charge.

Other International Travel

Varies by destination. Contact Reservations for charges or seasonal restrictions.

The size limitation of your luggage is calculated by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, that is, length + width + height.

Note: Carry-on roller board bags, duffle bags, large backpacks, or other personal items that don't fit in the overhead bins or under the seat must be checked at the gate and placed in the cargo compartment on American Eagle planes.

*Bags over the size or weight allowance will incur additional charges. See below for Specialty Items.

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Baggage Charges

 
Itinerary Baggage Charges

Within the U.S.
OR
The U.S. to and from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
OR
Puerto Rico to and from the U.S. Virgin Islands

Within And Between the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

For tickets purchased on or after February 1, 2010:

$25 for the first checked bag. Exceptions may apply.

$35 for the second checked bag. Exceptions may apply.

$100 per piece for the 3rd, 4th and 5th checked bags

$200 per piece for the 6th checked bag and any additional pieces

For tickets purchased before February 1, 2010:

$20 for the first checked bag. Exceptions may apply.

$30 for the second checked bag. Exceptions may apply.

$100 per piece for the 3rd, 4th and 5th checked bags

$200 per piece for the 6th checked bag and any additional pieces

From Canada to the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
OR
To Canada from the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Between Canada and the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands

For tickets purchased on or after March 29, 2010:

$25 for the first checked bag. Exceptions may apply.

$35 for the second checked bag. Exceptions may apply.

$100 per piece for the 3rd, 4th and 5th checked bags

$200 per piece for the 6th checked bag and any additional pieces

For tickets purchased before March 29, 2010:

$15 for the first checked bag. Exceptions may apply.

$25 for the second checked bag. Exceptions may apply.

$100 per piece for the 3rd, 4th and 5th checked bags

$200 per piece for the 6th checked bag and any additional pieces

From Mexico to the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands,
Canada, Europe and India
OR
To Mexico from the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands,
Canada, Europe and India

Between Mexico and the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Europe and India
For tickets purchased before May 3, 2010:

Two bags checked - No charge

For tickets purchased on or after May 3, 2010:

$30 for the second checked bag. Exceptions may apply.

Please contact Reservations to determine charges for additional bags.

The U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
to or from
Europe and India
OR
The U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Connecting through
Europe and India to another destination.

The U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to, from or through Europe and India
For tickets purchased before September 14, 2009:

Two bags checked - No charge

For tickets purchased on or after September 14, 2009:

$50 for the second checked bag. Exceptions may apply.

Please contact Reservations to determine charges for additional bags.

All other itineraries

Vary by destination. Contact Reservations for charges or seasonal restrictions.

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Overweight/Oversize Baggage Charges

Additional charges apply to this type of baggage and are collected at the airport ticket counter.

Itinerary Overweight Baggage Charges Oversize Baggage Charges

Flights within the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada

Checked baggage weighing over 50 lbs/23 kgs but not more than 70 lbs/32 kgs will be charged at the rate of $50 per piece.

Checked baggage weighing over 70lbs/32 kgs but not more than 100 lbs/45 kgs will be charged at the rate of $100 per piece.

Baggage weighing more than 100 lbs/45 kgs will not be accepted as checked baggage.

Checked baggage which is larger than 62 in/157 cm will be charged at the rate of $150 per piece.

Baggage measuring more than 115 in/292 cm will not be accepted as checked baggage.

For travel to/from Port au Prince, Haiti (PAP)

For travel June 5 - August 24, 2010, please see the Summer Checked Bag Limitations page.

Checked baggage weighing over 50 lbs/23 kgs but not more than 70 lbs/32 kgs will be charged at the rate of $50 per piece.

Checked baggage weighing over 70lbs/32 kgs but not more than 100 lbs/45 kgs will be charged at the rate of $100 per piece.

Baggage weighing more than 100 lbs/45 kgs will not be accepted as checked baggage.

Checked baggage which is larger than 62 in/157 cm will be charged at the rate of $150 per piece.

Baggage measuring more than 115 in/292 cm will not be accepted as checked baggage.

All other itineraries

Vary by destination. Contact Reservations for charges or seasonal restrictions

Vary by destination. Contact Reservations for charges

The size limitation of your luggage is calculated by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, that is, length + width + height.

Certain aircraft types cannot accept some oversized articles due to the dimensions of the cargo doors. If you are traveling with an oversized article, please contact an American Airlines representative to ensure your destination is typically served by an aircraft that can accommodate your article.

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Specialty Items

There are exceptions, special rules, and/or packing instructions that apply to some specialty items. Examples of these include duffel bags used by military personnel and certain musical instruments. To determine if your item has special charges, please contact an American Airlines representative at 1-800-433-7300.

Infant Seats or Child Restraint Devices

Learn about devices that can be brought on board, information regarding checking strollers or car sears as well as other helpful information on our Traveling With Children And Infants page.

Audio/Visual Equipment

Camera, film, lighting, and sound equipment will be charged a rate of $50.00 per piece when tendered by representatives of network or local television broadcasting companies, commercial film-making companies, professional photographers, the federal government, Department of Defense or the American Society of Media Photographers. These rates apply to travel within the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and international destinations. A maximum of 25 pieces is allowed per organization/company per flight. This policy is subject to seasonal and permanent baggage embargoes. The maximum size and weight allowances are subject to the policies in place for the destination.

Firearms/Ammunition

View the rules and regulations for transporting firearms and ammunition on flights within the U.S. For information on transporting these items internationally, please contact Reservations.

Musical Instruments
Violin

Small musical instruments may be carried onboard the aircraft providing they meet existing carry-on size requirements and fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you. Case dimensions may not exceed 45 dimensional inches (width + length + height), except for guitars which may be brought on board only if they can be safely stowed in an overhead bin or approved stowage location in the cabin. The instrument is considered the passenger's one allowed carry-on bag. A personal item is allowed in addition to the instrument. See Carry-On Allowance for more information.

If an instrument is too large to fit in the carry-on baggage space, an additional seat may be purchased. In this case, an instrument must travel in a window, bulkhead seat, with the customer in the adjoining seat. Due to their size Bass Fiddles are not accepted in the coach cabin and are only accepted on certain aircraft types, please contact an American Airlines representative at 1-800-433-7300.

Instruments may also be transported as checked baggage, however, due to their fragile nature AA does not accept liability for damages and has limited liability for loss. AA is also not liable for any damage to checked musical instruments not presented in a hard-sided case. If the outside of the hard-sided case does not have visible damage, AA is not liable for any damage to the musical instrument inside the case.

Military Baggage
  • Active U.S. Military personnel are allowed to check three pieces of baggage free of charge.
  • Each checked bag in the free allowance may be up to 62 inches and weigh up to 50 lbs. The size limitation of your luggage is calculated by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, that is, length + width + height.
  • Active U.S. Military personnel traveling on orders are allowed one bag in the free allowance up to 100 lbs. and 115 inches. The second and third bags are free of charge up to 50lbs. and 62 inches. Travel orders must be presented when checking the bag.
  • The 70 lb. maximum bag weight limit for Europe and Asia does not apply for U.S. military baggage if traveling on orders.
  • Military ID must be presented. Traveling in uniform is not required.

Military Dependents
  • U.S. Military dependents traveling on orders are allowed to check two bags free of charge.
  • Each checked bag in the free allowance may be up to 62 inches and weigh up to 50 lbs. The size limitation of your luggage is calculated by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, that is, length + width + height.
  • If more than two bags are checked, excess charges apply. Oversize and overweight charges apply if applicable.
Mobility Devices

Wheelchairs/scooters, braces or other assistive devices are accepted free of charge as checked baggage and are in addition to the normal checked baggage allowance. There are special handling procedures for motorized equipment. Please contact an American Airlines representative at 1-800-433-7300 for detailed information.

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Sports Equipment

The following guidelines for sports equipment being transported on American are effective for travel within the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Golf Clubs
Maximum Size and Weight
  • Items that exceed the maximum allowable size and/or weight will be subject to applicable oversize and/or overweight charges.
  • Items that are larger than 115 inches and 100 lbs. will not be accepted as checked baggage. Contact a freight forwarder for assistance with these items.
  • Additional items not included in the item description below must not be packed inside the sports case and are subject to overweight and/or oversize charges.
  • All inches are dimensional inches (length + width + height)
Charges
  • Charges listed are in U.S. Dollars
  • For information related to travel outside of United States, Puerto Rico and USVI, please contact Reservations.
Liability
  • AA/American Eagle/AmericanConnection® carrier are not liable for any damage to sports items not presented in a hard-sided case. If the outside of the hard-sided case does not have visible damage, AA/American Eagle/AmericanConnection® carrier are not liable for any damage to the sports item inside the case.
  • Sports cases designed for specific items such as golf bags, boot bags and bike cases are intended to carry only that sports item.
Item Allowance/Requirements Cost Maximum Size and Weight Additional Information

Antlers

Must be as free of residue as possible. The skull must be wrapped and tips protected.

$100 in addition to the applicable checked baggage charge, based on the number of checked bags.

70 lbs

115 inches

- Acceptance conditional on aircraft size and load conditions

- Passengers must make all arrangements and assume full responsibility for complying with any applicable laws, customs, and/or other governmental regulations, requirements or restrictions of the county, state, or territory to/from which the antlers are being transported.

Archery

One bow, one quiver, arrows and maintenance kit

Charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece.

50 lbs

62 inches

 

Backpack/ Knapsack/

One Backpack/knapsack with or without frame

Charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece.

50 lbs

62 inches

 

Bicycles

One non-motorized touring or racing bike. Handlebars must be fixed sideways and pedals removed or pedals and handlebars must be enclosed in plastic foam or similar material. Bike must be in a hard-sided case built for bike transport or a bike bag or box. Bikes not in a hard-sided case are considered.

$100 in addition to the applicable checked baggage charge, based on the number of checked bags.

Exception: If bicycle and container are less than 62 dimensional inches and under 50 lbs., the bike is charged the applicable baggage charge for the 1st checked bag.

70 lbs

115 inches

- Acceptance conditional on aircraft size and load conditions

- Exception: If a bike is less than 62 dimensional inches and 50 lbs., the above conditions do not apply

Boogie / Skim / Speed Boards

One boogie, skim or speed board

Charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece.

50 lbs

62 inches

 

Bowling Balls

Bowling case with bowling balls and shoes

Charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece.

50 lbs

62 inches

- Bowling ball cleaners that contain high amounts of Acetone or alcohol over 70% in volume are considered dangerous goods and will not be allowed in checked or carry-on baggage.

Camping Equipment

One piece of camping equipment

Charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece.

50 lbs

62 inches

- Camping stove fuels, Sterno, matches, lighters and flares are considered dangerous goods and are not allowed in checked or carry-on baggage.

Fishing

Two rods and one reel contained in a case and one bag with fishing tackle, landing net and fishing boots.

Two pieces - Fishing rod case and fishing equipment bag are charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece.

Fishing rod case 50 lbs.

115 inches

Equipment bag 50 lbs.

62 inches

For purposes of excess baggage, two pieces count as one item

Golf Clubs

One golf bag containing no more than 14 golf clubs, 12 golf balls and one pair of golf shoes

Charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece.

Maximum free weight on golf clubs is 70 lbs. Size is limited to the size of a hard-sided golf case.

- Swingless Golf Club load strips are considered dangerous goods and are not allowed in checked or carry-on baggage.

Hangliders

One hanglider

$100 in addition to the applicable checked baggage charge, based on the number of checked bags.

70 lbs

115 inches

- Acceptance conditional on aircraft size and load conditions

Hockey/ Lacrosse

Hockey/Lacrosse sticks and one equipment bag

Two pieces - Equipment bag plus Hockey/Lacrosse stick(s) are charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece.

Equipment bag up to 50 lbs. and 62 inches plus Hockey/Lacrosse stick(s)

For purposes of excess baggage, two pieces count as one item

Javelin

One javelin

$100 in addition to the applicable checked baggage charge, based on the number of checked bags.

70 lbs

115 inches

- Acceptance conditional on aircraft size and load conditions

Kayak, Boats, Sculls, Canoes

Not accepted.

     

Oars

One pair of oars

Charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece.

50 lbs

62 inches

 

Pole Vault

Not accepted.

     

Scuba Gear (with tanks)

One scuba tank, scuba regulator, tank harness and tank pressure gauge.

$100 in addition to the applicable checked baggage charge, based on the number of checked bags.

70 lbs

Regulator valve must be completely disconnected from the cylinder and the cylinder must have an opening to allow for a visual inspection inside.

Scuba Gear (without tanks)

Scuba regulator, tank harness and tank pressure gauge.

Charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece.

50 lbs

62 inches

 

Shooting Equipment

Maximum amount per case is three rifles/shotguns or five pistols/revolvers 11 lbs/5 kgs ammunition, shooting mat, noise suppressors, and tools.

Charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece.

50 lbs

62 inches

Please visit our Transporting Firearms And Ammunition page for more information.

Skateboard

One skateboard

Charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece.

50 lbs

62 inches

 

Skis Water / Snow / Snowboards

One pair of skis/snowboard and one bag containing a pair of ski /board boots only

Two pieces - Ski/board boot bag and one pair of skis/snowboard are charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece.

- Ski/board boot bag up to 50 lbs. and 62 inches

- One pair of skis/snowboard up to 115 inches

- Lighters or torches for applying ski wax are considered dangerous goods and are not allowed in checked or carry-on baggage

Surfboards, Kiteboards, Wakeboards, Wave Ski

One surfboard, Kiteboard, Wakeboard, or Wave Ski

$100 in addition to the applicable checked baggage charge, based on the number of checked bags.

Exception:
Kiteboard/wakeboard/wave skis that are less than 62 dimensional inches and 50 lbs. are only subject to the applicable checked baggage charge, based on the number of checked bags.

70 lbs

115 inches

- Acceptance conditional on aircraft size and load conditions

- Exception: If the Kiteboard/wakeboard/Wave ski is less than 62 dimensional inches and 50 lbs., the above conditions do not apply

Tennis Rackets

Tennis Rackets and tennis balls

Charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece.

50 lbs

62 inches

 

Tent/Sleeping Bag

One tent with frame or one sleeping bag

Charged the applicable checked bag charge for the 1st or 2nd checked bag. When in excess, each item will be subject to the baggage charge for a single piece.

50 lbs

62 inches

 

Windsurf, Kitesurf

One board, one mast, boom and sail

$100 in addition to the applicable checked baggage charge, based on the number of checked bags. Can be two pieces

70 lbs.

115 inches each piece

- Acceptance conditional on aircraft size and load conditions

- Up to two pieces (as described at left) count as one piece for baggage charges.

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Transportation of the Deceased

The Jim Wilson Desk at AA Cargo (1-800-228-7878) handles the transportation of your deceased loved ones, in coordination with a funeral home/director. Our Passenger Reservations personnel (1-800-433-7300) will make travel arrangements for any escort accompanying uncremated remains.

Cremated Remains

Cremated remains traveling with a passenger are handled in the same manner as carry-on baggage. No special documents are required for travel within the United States. For international travel, refer to that country's consulate and/or burial advisor.

Crematory Containers

Certain crematory containers such as urns are unable to be screened at security checkpoints by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). An American Airlines airport agent may consult TSA personnel to determine if your container may be transported as carry-on or checked baggage. Please seek guidance from a funeral home to help determine if a particular crematory container will pose any difficulty at a TSA screening point .

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